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The Challies Reading Challenge:  2017 Recap, and the 2018 Challenge


It’s that time of year again: a recap of the last year, and planning for the next year.  Tim Challies continues the yearly reading challenge, with a revised version for 2018 – the details are available here.

For 2017, I started with the ‘light’ list and soon expanded to the ‘avid’ reader list of 26 books  — reference this original post  and mid-year update.  As of this point in December, my book count has exceeded the target of 26; 33 books completed, and nearing the end of one more (Richard Barcellos’ Getting the Garden Right).

What I like most about this ‘reading challenge’ is that it sets a goal and keeps me focused, to be more intentional about reading and completing books, to actually read through the many books now on my Kindle as well as many of the free audio (Christian Audio free books, plus Librivox) and free e-books.   As with this year, for 2018 I’ll just pick from some of the categories, and read as many as I can.  Challies’ plan creates a large gap, from 26 to 52 books.  For my busy work/home schedule, 52 books for the year is not likely (unless all the books were really short, but why do that just for targeting a number?), but somewhere in the 30 to 40 books range is possible, when including audio books plus Kindle reading (with a cellphone/reader stand for the kitchen counter adds reading time) and the many paperback books I received free this last year.

Posts about the books I read this year:

For reading in 2018, this is my list so far (subject to change), from various categories in Challies’ list:

  1. Robert
    December 27, 2017 at 8:38 am

    The book about C.S. Lewis looks interesting and possibly disturbing. I read some of the short preview from Amazon. It seems the author of that book is insightful and articulate.

    • December 27, 2017 at 12:23 pm

      This was one of a few books that was offered free on Kindle a few years ago, and by the same author of the book ‘The Fallible Prophets of New Calvinism’, which I read this year. It looks like an interesting topic.

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